After World War II, the United States and its allies and the Soviet Union and its satellite states began a near 45-year battle for supremacy, which was known as the Cold War and today, Germany and Denmark are preparing to send an old political Cold War signal due to tensions between Russia and the European theater.
RT News reported on Tuesday that while the former USSR no longer exists, Russia is still a super-power in its own right and with tensions rising in the European region, the German and Dutch military are working together to create a joint air and missile defense task force, equipped with Patriot rockets.
Such an alliance between the two nations may see future deployments in Poland or in the Baltic states, a first since the end of the Cold War, aimed at Russia as a warning.
“We could offer even more reassurance and send a political signal if we took a mixed task force with German, Dutch and US Patriot systems in a purely defensive asset and set it somewhere in Poland or the Baltic states,” Brigadier General Michael Gschossmann, commander of the ground-based component of the German Air Force, told UK Reuters on Tuesday.
UK Reuters reported that the reason had to do with Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia stating that they have fears that Russian aggression should Moscow’s relations with the U.S.-led Atlantic alliance deteriorate further.
The Baltic States are linked to the rest of NATO only by a narrow strip of land running between Belarus, a staunch ally of Russia, and Kaliningrad, the heavily militarized Russian coastal enclave.
Dutch Defense Ministry spokesperson, Jeroen de Vries said, “The two countries were looking into integrating the Dutch and German Patriot missile systems. The task force can be deployed within NATO as capacity to protect alliance territory.”